Hojo Clan Residence

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History

After the Battle of Kamakura in 1333 which saw the end of the Kamakura Shoguante, the widow of Hōjō Takatoki, Kakukai Enjō (monastic name) relocated to the Hōjō's ancestral homelands near Nirayama and founded a temple community and nunnery along with her ladies-in-waiting at the foot of Mount Moriyama. During the Muromachi period the nunnery served daughters of the Uesugi Clan who wished to enter monastic life. In 1460 the site became the base of the Horigoe Kubō after the destruction of the nearby Horigoe Palace in a fire.

Visit Notes

We came here to the site of this former Hōjō Clan Residence because it is registered as a national historic site but there's not much to see other than fields. These fields were excavated during the 1990s. Excavations were ended in 2007 and the site was backfilled with sand pending a review of how to continue with exploration. There is an information board at the site. I found some of the lower slopes of Mount Moriyama had been terraced, so perhaps these areas were once part of the temple or the palace and attached fortifications.


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Castle Profile
English Name Hojo Clan Residence
Japanese Name 円成寺北条氏邸
Founder Kakukai Enjou; Ashikaga Masatomo
Year Founded 1333; 1460
Castle Type Fortified Manor
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Kuruwa, Hori, Dorui
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Izu-Nagaoka Station on the Izuhakone Line; 20 minute walk
Visitor Information Free; 24/7; Park
Time Required 20 minutes
Location Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 2' 49.78" N, 138° 56' 12.66" E
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